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1986 THE CROMFORD CANAL PAST

   The Cromford Canal was built in the 
 1770's and stretched from the River   
 Trent at Langley Mill to Cromford,    
 near Matlock in Derbyshire: a distance
 of 17 miles.                          
   The canal was originally built to   
 serve the Arkwright cotton mill at    
 Cromford transferring cotton from     
 there to the River Trent.             
   There were originally 2 tunnels on  
 the canal: the Butterley, which was   
 3063 yards long, and the Heage, which 
 was 93 yards long and had a towpath.  
 There were also 2 aquaducts between   
 Ambergate and Cromford.               
   The canal ceased to function        
 properly around 1900 when the         
 Butterley tunnel collapsed and        
 effectively cut the canal in          
 half.However, it was still used until 
 1943 when trade finally ended.        
                                       
 

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